A deaf six-year-old boy was left horrified after learning the reason people were staring at him in the classroom.

His teacher, Anna Trupiano, who works at Kendall Demonstration Elementary School in Washington DC, revealed the sweet anecdote in a post on Facebook.

Anna wrote: “Today in first grade one of my deaf students farted loudly in class and other students turned to look at them.

“The following is a snippet of a 15-minute conversation that happened entirely in American Sign Language among the group of deaf students and I.”

The young boy asked why other pupils were looking at him, so his teacher replied: “Because they heard you fart”.

The teacher explained how the boy was horrified when he realised people could hear him breaking wind.

“Whhhhat do you mean?” he replied, to which his teacher responded: “Hearing peolpe can hear farts”.

Another deaf child joined in, also horrified by the revelation, saying: “Wait, they can hear all farts?!?!?!” and a third asked how you’re supposed to know which ones people can hear and which they can’t.

This led to their teacher having to explain: “You know how sometimes you can feel your butt move when you fart?

“A lot of those they can hear. But if your butt doesn’t move it’s more likely they didn’t hear it.”

Upset about this new information, the boy then shouted: “TELL THEM TO STOP LISTENING TO MY FARTS! THAT IS NOT NICE!”

Anna added to her FB post to encourage people to learn sign language, ” I would love to see a world where my students can learn about anything from anyone they interact with during their day. Whether that means learning about the solar system, the candy options at a store, or even farts it would be so great for them to have that language access anywhere they go. You cannot imagine what an impact it makes, and now is a great time to start learning!”

Share your comments below

  • This story is hilarious. What a little cutie


  • What an amazing story! I work in newborn hearing and its amazing to hear the stories and experiences from children that have hearing loss. I love this story it just shows kids being kids!


  • There is just so much that I’ve never considered!


  • This got plenty of likes etc on facebook, including from somebody I know.
    I wonder what else has to be explained to deaf children that could be embarrassing.


  • My son is deaf, and we so often have these kinds of revelations…


  • What a revalation to him. Poor kid must have been so embarrassed.


  • Oh poor love :(


  • OH what a little cutie pie. Of course he was surprised his farts make noise, he can’t hear them.


  • So embarrassing for this young lad – if he couldn’t hear it why would he think others could? I’d never thought about that side of things before, but it makes sense!


  • Aww darling lol I feel for him because of his embarrassment, but this is just too cute and funny


  • this must have been so embarrassing for this young boy.


  • Oh gosh the poor boy!


  • I was laughing so hard the first time i read this i was almost in tears!


  • Haha now there is something to think about.


  • Ohh my…..how embarrassing


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